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Daily Express - - TOTAL EV - James Bag­gott, Ed­i­tor

In a world of dirty diesels and talk of “nor­mal” cars be­ing banned from our roads in just a few decades, now is a great time to be look­ing at al­ter­na­tives.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles and their best-of-both­worlds hy­brid broth­ers are a world away from those chug­ging diesels you see plod­ding around our road net­works, belch­ing out black stuff from their ex­hausts.

EVs of­fer a world of silent mo­tor­ing, of brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion and re­duced run­ning costs. How­ever, there are still very few to choose from and al­though the tech­nol­ogy is im­prov­ing all the time, it is still some­what in its in­fancy.

The most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of that is the sheer com­pli­ca­tions that sur­round buy­ing, own­ing and charg­ing one. As you’ll find out in this To­tal EV sup­ple­ment, there are some in­cred­i­ble al­ter­na­tives to in­ter­nal-com­bus­tion-en­gined cars out there, but you’ll need to go into the pur­chase with your eyes open.

Some EVs not only re­quire you to buy the car, but you’ll need to lease the bat­ter­ies too. Not all EVs and hy­brids use the same charg­ing sock­ets, while some work with fast charg­ers, and some don’t.

What the world of EVs needs is clar­ity and uni­for­mity. Man­u­fac­tur­ers and charg­ing net­works need to stop work­ing in iso­la­tion and start work­ing to­gether. Imag­ine if your phone only plugged into one type of socket that wasn’t in every home – would you put up with that? Or what if you had to rent the phone’s bat­tery on top of the price of the phone? Early EV adopters are do­ing just that and un­til the in­dus­try gets to­gether and de­cides on a one-size fits all ap­proach, buy­ing an EV will al­ways take a great deal of re­search – which is where To­tal EV can help.

Plenty of driv­ers have made the switch to elec­tric cars – and more and more are fol­low­ing suit. What’s more, it’s very clear that the car in­dus­try has its sat­nav set for a clear course to more elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

What we need now is na­tional di­rec­tion from our govern­ment on a charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture that’s fit for pur­pose - a na­tional grid of points, not piece­meal net­works run by pri­vate com­pa­nies. And with that, in­ter­na­tional de­ci­sions need to be made be­tween car man­u­fac­tur­ers to sim­plify charg­ing. All of them agree­ing on the same charg­ing in­lets would make life a lot eas­ier for a start. Elec­tric and hy­brid cars are not the right mo­bil­ity so­lu­tion for ev­ery­one, just yet, but they will be if these things im­prove. By work­ing to­gether, the govern­ment and car in­dus­try can shift our ad­dic­tion to petrol and diesel and su­per­charge change.

All you need to do is de­cide when’s the right time for you to plug in and take part.

“It’s very clear that the car in­dus­try has its sat­nav set for a clear course to more elec­tri­fi­ca­tion”

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